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As Ryuichi Sakamoto returns with '12,' fellow artists recall his impact

Thursday, January 26, 2023

The composer has been lauded for decades over his deeply affective music; director Alejandro González Iñárritu, composer Hildur Guðnadóttir and more join us to explain why.

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A Rolex for a Casio: Why Shakira's new song is breaking records

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Shakira's new single is a full-on diss track, aimed at her ex. It also went straight to the top of the Spotify Top 50 Global chart and hit 100 million views on YouTube in under 3 days.

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How Cusica Fest is trying to rebuild the Venezuelan music industry

Saturday, January 14, 2023

A music festival in Caracas, Venezuela is building momentum for renewed creativity and expression in the country, amidst an ongoing political crisis.

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Cusica Fest is trying to rebuild the Venezuelan music industry

Saturday, January 14, 2023

A music festival in Caracas, Venezuela is building momentum for renewed creativity and expression in the country, amidst an ongoing political crisis.

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Shakira & Bizarrap, 'BZRP Music Sessions, Vol. 53'

Thursday, January 12, 2023

Shakira's himbo era is over.

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Golden Globes 2023: The complete list of winners

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

The 80-year-old Hollywood Foreign Press Association handed out its awards in a ceremony hosted by comedian Jerrod Carmichael. Here's who won.

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NPR Music 2022 Staff Picks: Isabella Gomez Sarmiento

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Culture Desk producer shares her favorite albums and songs of 2022.

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Daddy Yankee led reggaeton's global rise. As he bows out, the genre enters a new era

Saturday, December 03, 2022

'The Big Boss' took a genre from working-class neighborhoods and turned it into a commercial powerhouse. But as the trailblazer retires, reggaeton meets a new moment for rebellion and experimentation.

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Drawing on folk traditions, Spanish musician Guitarricadelafuente bridges generations

Saturday, October 22, 2022

Spanish musician Guitarricadelafuente discusses the making of his debut album, La Cantera, and the mix of both the ancient and the modern that's essential to his sound.

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Meet the strippers working to unionize a Los Angeles dive bar

Monday, September 12, 2022

For the past six months, former Star Garden dancers have been taking their talents to a show-stopping picket line. If successful, they'll be the only strippers with union representation in the U.S.

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The Latino community is facing issues with misinformation on abortions

Saturday, August 13, 2022

NPR's Daniel Estrin speaks to Elizabeth Estrada of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice about the spread of abortion misinformation in the Latino community.

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Aubrey Plaza goes from art school to fraudster in 'Emily The Criminal'

Saturday, August 13, 2022

NPR's Daniel Estrin speaks with actor Aubrey Plaza about her new thriller, "Emily The Criminal," which centers around a woman who turns to crime to pay off student loan debt.

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Social media is deciding trends at breakneck pace, and it's fueling fast fashion

Sunday, August 07, 2022

Social media - yeah, we're looking at YOU, TikTok! - has accelerated trend cycles. Researcher Mandy Lee explains what that means for fashion consumption.

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Wryn's Tiny Desk Contest entry sends love and affirmation to transgender youth

Sunday, July 10, 2022

NPR's Ayesha Rascoe speaks with musician Wryn about their Tiny Desk Contest entries and their forthcoming album.

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'Menudo: Forever Young' follows the rise and fall of the Puerto Rican boy band

Sunday, July 10, 2022

Ayesha Rascoe speaks with film critic Monica Castillo about the documentary series "Menudo: Forever Young," which chronicles the rise and fall of the Puerto Rican boy band.

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Los Llanos are home to cowboys. Cimarrón's music complicates that image

Saturday, June 18, 2022

The South American music joropo often deals with horses and cowboys. The Colombian band Cimarrón has made the genre more inclusive by adding Indigenous and Afro-Colombian themes and sounds.

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On 'It's Almost Dry,' Pusha T plays the long game

Sunday, June 12, 2022

NPR's Ayesha Rascoe speaks with the rapper about making his new album It's Almost Dry, working with Kanye and Pharrell and reflecting on what longevity looks like in hip-hop.

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How we pronounce Uvalde says a lot about the power of language in mixed communities

Friday, June 03, 2022

The name of the town comes from a misspelled Spanish name. The way people say it traces a long history of racializing Latinos in the U.S.

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What it means for pop music to raise awareness about intimate partner violence

Saturday, May 28, 2022

Puerto Rican band Buscabulla discusses how they made the song "Andrea" with rapper Bad Bunny, and what it means for pop music to raise awareness about intimate partner violence.

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The charges against Young Thug build on a growing trend of criminalizing rap crews

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Ayesha Rascoe talks with Sidney Madden and Rodney Carmichael of NPR's Louder Than A Riot about the RICO charges against Young Thug and the wider intersection of criminal justice and hip-hop.

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